Experts & Staff

Tara Varma

Head, ECFR Paris
Senior Policy Fellow

Areas of expertise

French foreign policy; European security; politics and security in Asia

Languages

French, English, Spanish, Hindi

Biography

Tara Varma is a senior policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she follows French foreign policy and European and Asian security developments.

She looks particularly at current French defence and security proposals in the European framework. She is also interested in Asian security, and the role Europeans could play in it, notably in the Indo-Pacific region. Varma joined ECFR in January 2015 as a coordinator and then deputy head of the Paris office. She previously worked and lived in Shanghai, Delhi and Paris. She graduated from Sciences Po Lille and SOAS in London in International Relations, with a focus on Asian Politics and Indian and Chinese foreign policies.

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Brexit, Trump, France: third time unlucky?

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Articles

Views from the capitals: Russia’s war on Ukraine

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Second acts: How Europe can renew the transatlantic partnership

This could be the moment to build a more balanced transatlantic relationship, with Europeans showing the US where we need it to engage, and how – rather than simply waiting for cues from Washington

Macron, Merkel, and Europe’s “moment of truth”

The French president has laid down the gauntlet by warning the European political project could end if it fails to embrace burden-sharing. One of two scenarios could now play out.  

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